How hurricanes are named
Early tropical storms were named after saints. Such as 'Santa Ana' which struck Puerto rico in 1825.
As time went on, the names came from the latitude and longitude coordinates of the storm.These coordinates were difficult to remember so in the early 1950s hurricanes adopted female names.
To avoid sexism male names have been integrated in the 1970s. Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion.Names are chosen and maintained by the World Meteorological Organization.
For Atlantic tropical storms, there are 21 alphabetical female and male names for each region. These names are recycled through every six years.
Names beginning with (Q,U,X,Y and Z) are no longer used due to limited amount of names
In the event that more than 21 named tropical cyclones occur in a season, any additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet
If a hurricane is extremely deadly and destructive, the name will no longer be reused. the name 'Katrina' was retired after its devastating after math. There was $81 billion worth of property damages
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